Chicago Stories

We are proud to support and work with hundreds of creative and effective Chicago organizations that are helping to address some of the region’s most pressing social challenges and to ensure a vibrant cultural and community infrastructure. Here are stories of the important and impactful work of just some of our Chicago-area grantees.

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Wider Horizons, Bigger Dreams for Chicago Youth

My Block, My Hood, My City takes teenagers from underserved Chicago communities on explorations across the city and beyond, exposing them to different cultures, careers, and people to show teens all that is available and accessible ... Read More
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Shedding Light and Fostering Dialogue on Police Reform

The Invisible Institute combines elements of investigative journalism, high-tech startups, and citizen activism to help drive Chicago’s police reform. Read More
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Uncle Remus Finds its Secret Sauce on the South Side

Uncle Remus Saucy Fried Chicken, a West Side institution, makes its debut on the South Side with a loan from the Chicago Community Loan Fund, a nonprofit that provides financing to developments in low- and middle-income ... Read More
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Pullman Showcases Industrial Innovation, Urban Planning, & Civil Rights

The Pullman National Monument showcases industrial innovation, urban planning, civil rights, and the labor movement and a study estimates it could eventually sustain $40 million in economic activity. Read More
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Striving for Diversity and Equity in the Arts

Enrich Chicago brings together arts organizations and foundations with the aim of increasing the resources available for arts institutions led by and serving people of color. Read More
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Celebrating Latino Culture Through the Arts

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago increases awareness of all Latino cultures by developing programming across a wide variety of art forms including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy and theater. Read More
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Promoting Peace on Chicago's Streets

The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities awarded grants of up to $10,000 each to 70 different nonprofit organizations to keep neighborhoods safe over Labor Day and into the school year. Read More
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Fighting Foreclosures and Building Community

In a Chicago neighborhood that once had among the city’s highest foreclosure and vacancy rates, the Southwest Organizing Project and its partners have implemented a holistic suite of programs that address the housing crisis directly ... Read More
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Opening a New Frontier in Second Language Instruction

A pilot program combines online and face-to-face English as a Second Language instruction, enabling effective learning at the adult students’ own pace. Read More
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Windy City Harvest Reaps Success and Health

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s urban agriculture programs provide job training and build healthier communities. Read More